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UNISON National Women’s Conference 2022
Following discussions with the Womens Self-Organised Group Committee, UNISON’s Womens Conference (17th – 19th February) will transfer to a virtual event, scheduled within the already arranged dates for the conference. Details will be available as soon as they are confirmed.
Find out more – https://www.unison.org.uk/events/2022-national-womens-conference/

First UNISON Young Members Conference
In December, UNISON held our first decision-making conference, following a rule change at national delegate conference.
Read more about the conference – https://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2021/12/unisonhosts-its-first-young-members-conference-in-cardiff/

Year of Disabled Workers
UNISON has declared 2022 the Year of Disabled Workers. We will be running a year of events, campaigns and training sessions to highlight the experience of our disabled
members, the value they bring to our union and to the workplace, and to call for stronger rights at work.
Find out more – https://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2022/01/introducing-the-year-ofdisabled-workers/
View resources – https://www.unison.org.uk/about/what-we-do/fairness-equality/disabledmembers/year-of-disabled-workers-2022/

LGBT+ History Month
February is LGBT+ History Month, which celebrates LGBT+ people and promotes LGBT+ equality and diversity. UNSION has a presentation that covers UNISON LGBT+ workplace
history, which you can use for workplace activities and celebrations. It’s perfect for online events!

Training for Disabled Members Branch Officers and Contacts
Are you a Disabled Members’ branch officer or contact or a UNISON Disabled member who wants to get more active in your branch? The online training to be held in January is fully booked but more dates will be coming soon.

3 February is Time to Talk Day
This awareness day aims to get people talking about mental health and break the silence around mental health problems. Use the day as an opportunity to bargain for mental health policies in your branch.
Find out more – https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/time-to-talk-day-2022/
UNISON’s Guide on Bargaining on Mental Health Policies – https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2018/05/25005.pdf

UNISON Makes the Case for Better Disability Benefits
UNISON has responded to the government’s green paper on disability and health welfare benefits, Shaping Future Support. The union has called for an end to the cap on Access to Work, changes to PIP (Personal Independence Payments), and radical changes to Universal Credit. We await the government’s response.

Conversion Therapy

The UK Government has extended the consultation deadline on banning conversion therapy. The new deadline is 4 February. UNISON members are urged to submit their views to the consultation.
Read our blog on conversion therapy and why it needs to be banned https://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2021/11/blog-government-proposals-to-end-conversion-therapy-are-a-cop-out/

Stand Up To Racism and TUC Conference: Fighting for Anti-racist Workplaces
On Saturday 5 February, trade unionists and workplace activists from across Britain will come together online to talk about how we oppose the government’s racist offensive.
Topics covered include the Nationality and Borders Bill, the widely criticised Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report, and organising for race equality.
Find out more and register – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sutr-trade-union-conferencefighting-for-anti-racist-workplaces-tickets-217534169557
Race Equality Week
Race Equality Week runs from the 7- 13 February and is an opportunity for organisations to challenge race inequality. This year’s theme is #ActionNotJustWords.
Find out more about the activities your workplace can take part in – https://www.raceequalitymatters.com/race-equality-week/

Violence Against Women and Girls
The Ministry of Justice has announced that new measures targeted directly at keeping women and girls safer will be added to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
UNISON welcomes this move.
Find out more – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/domestic-abuse-victims-in-englandand-wales-to-be-given-more-time-to-report-assaults

Migrant Victims of Domestic Abuse
The Home Office has published the Government’s response to the recommendations in the ‘Safety Before Status’ report, published by the Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales.
Find out more -Download the ‘Safety Before Status’ report – https://domesticabusecommissioner.uk/wpcontent/uploads/2021/10/Safety-Before-Status-Report-2021.pdf

UN Anti-Racism Day: March Against Racism
Join the people that will be marching in London as part of a day of international protests to mark UN Anti-Racism Day on Saturday 19 March. Assemble at 12 Noon at BBC Portland Place W1A 1AA.
Find out more – https://standuptoracism.org.uk/march-against-racism-for-un-anti-racismday-saturday-19-march-2022/

Disabled Members Network meetings – Save the Date
Open to all UNISON Disabled Members.
LGBT+ Disabled Members 22 June 11am-1.30pm
Deaf (Native BSL) Members 22 June 2-4.30pm
Disabled Black Members 23 June 11am-1.30pm
Disabled Women Members 23 June 2-4.30pm
Disabled Women Members 10 August 11am-1.30pm
Disabled Black Members 10 August 2-4.30pm
Deaf (Native BSL) Members 11 August 11am-1.30pm
LGBT+ Disabled Members 11 August 2-4.30pm
Download the latest equality resources –